As of July 2022, the figure has already reached 179 reported suicides of children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 17< /i>
FILE – The covid-19 pandemic had a great impact on the mental health of children and adolescents. Photo: Arne Dedert/dpa
Access to social networks is one of the great changes that society has undergone and with this has brought all kinds of violations of minors . The Ombudsman, Carlos Camargo, revealed worrying figures on child suicide in Colombia in recent months.
The report presents decisive findings and conclusions, one of which is that between January 2015 and July 2022, < b> committed 2,060 suicides and 32,719 attempted suicides of children and adolescents, which indicates that it is a problem that affects the full guarantee of the rights of children and adolescents in the country.
According to the official, the covid-19 pandemic had a great impact on the mental health of children and adolescents.
This document also made it possible to clarify that 2019 was the year with highest number of reported cases, with a total of 290. As of July 2022, the number has already reached 179 reported suicides of children and adolescents between 6 and 17 years of age, higher in 13% to the report of the same period of the previous year.
And it is that the risks that the Internet brings have led to parents being alerted daily about the consumption of children and adolescents. For this reason, the type of content must be controlled and monitored to prevent sensitive situations as a result of its exposure.
One of the greatest examples is theYoutube channel called MikeCrack< /b>, which is a recognized character from the Minecraft video game. Within the videos of songs and episodes they invite children to harm themselves, in addition to injuring others. His character 'Exe', a devilish yellow doll, is evidence of the characteristics that negatively affect the mentality and attitude of children, as he has a gloomy appearance, aggressive personality and a harsh voice.
“I will destroy everything you can want/I will destroy everything you fear to lose/I will make you dream no more/goodbye to the heart/forget your passion/I will make you die in life. I feel the universe against me/I lost the battle/this Christmas I will ask that my dreams come true… at last/the terrible world that awaits us”, are some of the phrases in the songs on this YouTube channel.
From the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications of Colombia (MinTic), despite not having the legal powers to close the pages or channels; preventively with the program ‘In Tic Confío’, with the purpose of creating strategies that promote the development of digital skills to safely face the risks associated with the use of the Internet.
In addition to adopting the different protection measures to be adopted against exploitation, pornography, and other forms of sexual abuse against minors. This space is organized by the Surveillance, Inspection and Control Department and its Internal Promotion and Prevention Work Group; The project promotes the development of digital skills to safely face the risks associated with the use of the Internet
“We have been accompanying children for 10 years, girls, adolescents and adults so that they can recognize and prevent some digital risks to which they are exposed such as sexting, grooming; as well as for them to learn to report crimes such as cyberbullying and child sexual exploitation, among others”, explained the team from the Ministry's ICT Appropriation Directorate, leaders of this project.